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German Priests Do Not Support Synodal Way, New Study Finds…

Researchers contacted all of the 847 priests who were ordained between 2010 and 2021 in Germany to take part in the study. “In total, a representative sample of 17.8% took part.” Among other findings, more than 70% of those surveyed said that silent prayer was where they discovered their vocation. “So where do we create such places of silent prayer in our pastoral landscape?” asked Bishop Michael Gerber of Fulda, who heads the bishops’ vocations commission. Lead author Sellmann voiced concerns that priests were more interested in being a pastor and the liturgy than performing as a supervisor or team leader, which was not in line with the role they were expected to play “as managers of ever-larger and more resource-rich complexes.”  Another critical concern identified by the study, acc...

Pope Francis Interview with Norah O’Donnell Airs on CBS News’ ‘60 Minutes’…

[embedded content] In a rare interview, Pope Francis answers questions on global conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, migrants in the U.S., sexual abuse in the church, and more during a conversation with Norah O’Donnell… [embedded content] Behind the scenes of the interview with 60 Minutes Overtime… Services Marketplace – Listings, Bookings & Reviews Entertainment blogs & Forums

Pope Francis on Pentecost: We Are Not Alone, but Helped and Empowered by the Holy Spirit…

In his homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope Francis reflects on how the Holy Spirit, operating in the Church with power and gentleness, never leaves us alone, and, if we let Him, gives us His presence and gifts to accomplish that for which us, alone, would have otherwise been impossible. By Deborah Castellano Lubov 19/05/2024 During his Regina Coeli address on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope Francis urges faithful to ask themselves how well they listen to the Holy Spirit, and offers suggestions on how … Even at the most challenging of times or amid the day-to-day struggles, the Holy Spirit and His gifts enable us to persevere… Pope Francis gave this comforting reminder during his homily on the Solemnity of Pentecost on Sunday in the Vatican, marking the end of the Easte...

Pope Francis Appoints Cardinal Tagle as Special Envoy to National Eucharistic Congress…

By Zoe Romanowsky CNA Newsroom, May 18, 2024 / 10:35 am Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, as his special envoy to the National Eucharistic Congress in the United States, which will be celebrated in Indianapolis July 17–21. The announcement was made Saturday by the Vatican. Tagle will celebrate the closing Mass of the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. Calling the appointment “a gift to the Eucharistic Congress,” Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said that Tagle’s “deep passion for apostolic mission rooted in the Eucharist is sure to have an inspirational impact for everyone attending the Congress,” according to a USCCB press release. Broglio also pointed out...

Vatican Issues New Norms for Investigating Apparitions, Supernatural Phenomena; Tightens Procedures and Introduces 6 New Possible Conclusions …

Testo in lingua italiana Traduzione in lingua francese Traduzione in lingua inglese Traduzione in lingua tedesca Traduzione in lingua spagnola Traduzione in lingua portoghese Traduzione in lingua polacca Testo in lingua italiana NORME  PER PROCEDERE NEL DISCERNIMENTODI PRESUNTI FENOMENI SOPRANNATURALI Presentazione In ascolto dello Spiritoche opera nel Popolo fedele di Dio Dio è presente ed agisce nella nostra storia. Lo Spirito Santo, che sgorga dal cuore di Cristo risorto, opera nella Chiesa con divina libertà e ci offre tanti doni preziosi che ci aiutano nel cammino della vita e stimolano la nostra maturazione spirituale in fedeltà al Vangelo. Quest’azione dello Spirito Santo include pure la possibilità di arrivare ai nostri cuori attraverso alcuni eventi soprannaturali, come ad es...

Servant of God Chiara Corbella’s Beatification Cause to Take a Step Forward in June…

Within the first two years of their marriage, Chiara and Enrico suffered the death of two children, both of whom died less than an hour after birth. Their first child, Maria Grazia Letizia, was diagnosed in utero with anencephaly, a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain or skull. Chiara chose to carry the baby to term and her daughter lived just long enough to be baptized in the hospital, dying within a half hour of her birth in June 2009. During her second pregnancy, ultrasounds revealed that her son had no legs or kidneys. Baby Davide Giovanni died in June 2010 after living for 38 minutes.  The couple chose to share their testimony about the few minutes that they were able to spend with their children at pro-life events in Italy. They also underwent...

‘Never Be Afraid to Profess the Catholic Church’: KC Chiefs’ Harrison Butker Triggers Media Frenzy with Benedictine College Speech…

Kansas City Chiefs’ placekicker Harrison Butker offered some pointed criticism of Catholic bishops and priests along with advice to college graduates in his commencement address at Benedictine College on Saturday. Catholic bishops should be more like St. Damien of Molokai and less concerned about what civil and cultural leaders think about them, the three-time Super Bowl winner and outspoken Catholic said.  St. Damien (1840-1889), a missionary priest from Belgium, spent nearly 16 years ministering to lepers in Hawaii before dying of their disease.  “His heroism is looked at today as something set apart and unique when ideally it should not be unique at all,” Butker told the graduates at the Catholic liberal arts college in Atchison, Kansas, on May 11, the day after St. Damien’s f...

Pro-Life Activist Lauren Handy Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison Under FACE Act…

The sentences were ordered by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who chided Handy for prioritizing her activism above the “needs” of women, according to local news outlet WUSA9.  “Neither you nor any of the other co-conspirators showed any compassion, empathy, toward those two women needing medical care,” Kollar-Kotelly said. “Your views took precedence over, frankly, their human needs.” According to a previous DOJ statement, the activists involved in the rescue used “physical obstruction to injure, intimidate, and interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient because they were providing or obtaining reproductive health services.” The DOJ also said the activists “forcefully entered the clinic and set about blockading two clinic doors using their bodies, furniture, chain...

Pope Meets Head of Divided Syro-Malabar Church, Tells Kerala’s Faithful: ‘Unity Is a Duty’…

Meeting with the head Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, which has been divided for a number of years by a fierce liturgical dispute, Pope Francis emphasises the importance of obedience to ecclesiastical authorities. By Joseph Tulloch Pope Francis met on Monday morning with Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil, the head of Kerala’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. The Pope’s address to Archbishop Thattil ranged over a number of topics, from the ancient history of the Church in Kerala to the liturgical dispute which has been raging there for a number of years. An ancient history Pope Francis began his address by reflecting on the ancient faith of the Syro-Malabar Church. “The faithful of your beloved Church”, he said, “are known not only in India, but throughout the whole world, for the ‘vigour’ of the...

Pope Francis: ‘We Entrust Mothers to the Protection of Mary, Our Heavenly Mother’…

“May Mary, she who has already arrived at the destination, help us to walk together with joy toward the glory of heaven,” he said. The pope noted that Italy and many other countries celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension on Sunday. He said that Jesus shows us the way to heaven “step by step,” like a mountaineer ascending a summit, in the Gospels and through the sacraments. “What are these steps that must be taken?” he asked. “Today’s Gospel says: ‘preach the Gospel, baptize, cast out demons, pick up serpents, lay hands on the sick’ (cf. Mk 16:16-18).” “In summary, perform the works of love: to give life, bring hope, steer away from any form of wickedness and meanness, respond to evil with good, be close to those who suffer.” Pope Francis added that the more we do these “works of lov...

In Echoes of Cardinal Pell Media Gag Order, Australian Judge Extends Ban Worldwide on X Sharing Video of Sydney Bishop’s Stabbing…

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge on Friday extended a ban on X allowing videos of the stabbing of a Sydney bishop in his church last month after government lawyers condemned the social media company’s free speech argument for keeping the graphic images circulating. Australian Federal Court Justice Geoffrey Kennett extended his order that X Corp., the company rebranded by billionaire Elon Musk when he bought Twitter last year, block users from sharing videos of the April 15 attack. The attack led to terrorism-related charges for the alleged attacker, a teenager, and triggered a riot outside the church. The order has existed since April 22 and Kennett will decide on Monday whether it will continue in its current form. X is alone among social media platforms in fighting a notic...

San Antonio Archbishop García-Siller Deletes Social Media Posts About Gaza War, Says He ‘Deeply Regrets … Misunderstanding’ …

“As we pray & are in solidarity with the Palestinians, does not mean antisemitism,” García-Sillar wrote in one of the posts, which as of Thursday remains on his X page.  “Peace is the goal. It is insane to try to get Hamas killing thousands of people & leading many people to starvation. That region is part of salvation history. It is hard to see it in an endless war.” Not every conflict needs to end in violence. We pray for the end of the wars around the world, and walk little steps to stop new ones. Too much unnecessary suffering. Very little or no gain. Our work for peace is daily in short encounters and in serious and profound conversations — Archbishop Gustavo (@ABishopGustavo) May 9, 2024 Archdiocesan spokesman Jordan McMorrough told CNA Thursday that García-Sillar “has c...